THE FOURTH KIND surmises that there are four different levels of alien encounters: seeing a UFO, finding a crop circle or radiation, boring the audience to death, and finally faking a ton of footage and passing it off as authentic. This disorienting mess of a film sells itself on its inclusion of "actual footage" that runs alongside staged re-enactments of a series of bizarre phenomenon that occurred in Nome, Alaska in the early 2000s. Rather than just weave together the admittedly jarring pieces of "found footage" in a faux documentary style similarly to CLOVERFIELD or THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, Osusnanmi has chosen to overlay the faked footage in a split-screen format simultaneously with the re-enactments, which is terribly confusing and removes the audience entirely from the picture. The film also lays on the theatrics through a blaring score and dramatic cinematography and editing style that give it a glossy, mainstream look and feel that is anything but realistic. Milla Jovovich is her usual awful and unconvincing self, and does not sell the lead in any way. To elaborate on the films flaws and countless ways that it alienates the audience would require a short essay, so suffice it to say THE FOURTH KIND is a cold, exploitative suspense film that uses all of the cliched scare tactics Hollywood has to offer for cheap thrills with no lasting effect.
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